Before her death in 2001, Oppenheimer was a French and Spanish instructor at George Mason. The prize in her name is available to rising juniors and seniors to defray the cost of participating in a study-abroad program in France. Recipient must have taken at least nine credits in French at George Mason University. Receipt must also be accepted in an accredited study abroad program in France for at least one-quarter’s duration.
Established in 2008 through the estate of Helen L. Sehrt to provide support for undergraduate German language majors maintaining at least the equivalent of a B average in German. Helen Sehrt was born in 1911 in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the United States when she was one year old. She earned her BA and MA from George Washington University and was a former professor at George Mason.
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarship support for undergraduate students applying for the study abroad program. The recipient must be pursuing a degree in Spanish. Applicants must submit an essay stating why they need additional funds for study abroad and detailing their commitment to the Spanish program. Preference will be given to applicants who have not yet previously studied abroad. One scholarship will be awarded annually to one student. The scholarship award may not be divided among multiple applicants. This scholarship is not renewable.
To support scholarships for students participating in a GMU Study Abroad program.
Established in 2006 by Randolph W. Church, Jr. and Lucy C. Church, ’81, MPA ’86 to attract outstanding students majoring in English, history, modern languages, philosophy, psychology, political sciences, humanities, or economics. Mr. Church, an attorney, is a former rector of the Board of Visitors and former trustee of the George Mason University Foundation. Mrs. Church, a former trustee of the foundation and a former faculty member, is an alumna of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The William Weaver Prize in Italian Studies is named in memory of William Weaver, a pre-eminent translator of modern Italian literature. Weaver is best known for his translations of Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, and Primo Levi, as well as Italian poetry and opera libretti. During his lifetime, he translated over 50 books; his translations earned him a National Book Award, two PEN translation prizes, and the PEN medal for translation in recognition of his life’s work.
The purpose of this fund is to provide annual awards to students with a declared minor in Italian studies. Recipients must have a declared minor in Italian studies and be enrolled as an undergraduate student at the time of the award with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. They may be part-time or full-time students and be either in-state or out-of-state. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit and financial need. If a recipient continues to qualify, the scholarship may be renewable once for a second year.